With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s even more common to see people doing good for others. But Carol Suchman took her kindness to another level this year.
The New York City businesswoman often buys birthday gifts for children in the foster system, and so always is on the lookout for new toy stores. When she recently walked by one in her West Village neighborhood in Manhattan that had closed down, she was inspired to take action, TODAY reports.
She revealed to her local news station, “The toys in there looked so sad, and they were gathering dust. It occurred to me we should bring those toys to where they should be going — to all the homeless kids in the city.” Suchman stated that the magnitude of her generosity didn’t hit her until after she got in touch with the owner and negotiated the purchase.
Following the deal, she reached out to New York City’s Department of Homeless Services about the donation, which coordinated several volunteers to help Suchman bag up the toys to be distributed at shelters across the city. “It’s been in the news a lot that there are more children in the system than ever, and that breaks my heart,” she said.
Antonio Rodriguez, DHS special events director, said in a statement, “This is the first time anyone has ever bought out an entire store for a donation to our shelter kids. We are grateful for this generous donation and are excited to be able to bring some joy to these children who have so little, this holiday season.”
Suchman kept her charitable donations anonymous for years – until now. She’s talking about her philanthropy because she “hopes it inspires other people to give.”
SOURCE: TODAY | VIDEO SOURCE: Inform